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EBIO 2100 - Marine Biology

This guide compliments the curriculum and assignments in EBIO 2100 - Marine Biology

Why Not Just Google It?

There are many benefits to searching within a subject-specific database including: 

  • All articles in a database will be related to your discipline of interest. Less time will be spent ignoring unrelated or irrelevant articles
  • Less likely to miss out on any key articles on your topic
  • Subject headings will allow you to search the main topic of an article instead of just matching words (keywords)
  • Abstracts, keywords, and subject headings help you quickly determine if the article is useful
  • Databases will allow you to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals, which can take some of the guess work out of identifying which journals you can use

Useful Databases

Search Tips!

AND -Use AND to combine your concepts.

By searching with AND, all of your terms must be included in the search results.

-Used to combine your different concepts

-Will retrieve FEWER results


ORUse OR to combine your synonyms or related terms.

Either of your terms can be in your search results

-Used to combine your main concepts and related terms

-Will retrieve MORE results

 ( ) - Brackets- Use brackets to group your synonyms and related terms together



(Concept 1 OR Synonym 1) AND Concept 2 AND (Concept 3 OR Synonym 3 OR Synonym 3)

Connect with Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great tool for completing citations, locating known articles (e.g., from a Reference list or provided by a teacher), and for cited reference searching. 

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